Toyota’s Major Battery Breakthrough Could End EV Range-Anxiety

It’s official: Electric vehicles slap. They’re slapping our eco-friendly bods. 

Not only do EVs have Neo-Tokyo vibes, they don’t suckle up fossil fuels. If we want to save the planet from drowning, then Australia needs to embrace these neat cars.

However, there’s one legitimate issue that prevents folks from adopting an EV. The range of them is sometimes not too crash hot. According to Zee Cars, the average range of a petrol car is 700km. Meanwhile, the average range of an EV is 430km.

In some remote areas in Australia, 430km wouldn’t be enough to get you to the corner store and back. This is a shame, as such people probably need to cut back their petrol budget.

Fortunately, a whack of car manufacturers are trying to resolve this issue. One such is Toyota. This company has recently announced it’s developing a new battery that will make range anxiety a thing of the past.

As per Toyota, they have created a solid-state EV battery with a range of 1200km. What’s more, this prototype can be fully charged in ten minutes or less. Toyota is expecting to launch this “breakthrough” in 2027 or 2028.

Keiji Kaita, the President of Toyota’s Research and Development Centre for Carbon Neutrality, is stoked that this EV tech now exists. He’s also pushing for it to be more than just a media stunt.

“All of our members are highly motivated and are working with the intention to definitely launch,” said Kaita.

Now, it’s worth noting that there’s usually a chasm between a prototype and a full production. It’s for this reason that David Bailey is being cautiously optimistic. Bailey is a Professor of Business Economics at the Birmingham Business School, 

As Bailey said, “Often there are breakthroughs at the prototype stage, but then scaling it up is difficult.”

However, if Toyota is able to scale this EV production up, then they could have “the holy grail of battery vehicles” on their hands. Let’s just hope that Kaita and Bailey are right.

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